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Plant Details

Oxalis montana

American Wood-sorrel, Mountain Woodsorrel, White Wood-sorrel, Wood-Shamrock

Scientific Name:

Oxalis montana

Genus:

Oxalis

Species Epithet:

montana

Common Name:

American Wood-sorrel, Mountain Woodsorrel, White Wood-sorrel, Wood-Shamrock

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Oxalidaceae (Wood-Sorrel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

“Spruce-fir forests, northern hardwood forests, at high elevations” (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Patch of Mountain Woodsorrel

This is an uncommon plant, preferring spruce-fir forests or northern hardwood forests at high elevations.

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Paynter, Watauga Co, June 2011

Flower

Mountain Woodsorrel also has cleistogamous flowers, often hidden in the leaf litter. These flowers do not open and are self-fertilized inside the bud, an insurance policy in case the plant fails to attract pollinators.

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Leaves

The leaves fold up at the end of the day.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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